A Highly Personal Reaction to Richard Linklater's "Boyhood"

August 15, 2014 7:06 PM

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Anyone who might have noticed me with tears in my eyes while I was watching Richard Linklater's movie, "Boyhood," probably would have thought, Why is this guy crying here? This is not a for-crying scene. The character played by Patricia Arquette fiercely extracts her son and daughter from the home of her husband, liberating them all from her misbegotten marriage. I had never seen any dramatization that so captured what must have been on my mother's mind nearly seventy-five years ago. Watching the movie moment unfold, what I got from it was-- That was the life she was saving us from.

Various people over the years have assumed I wrote the novel, "Kramer vs. Kramer" based on my own failed marriage and custody battle. This wasn't true. My late wife and I were married for thirty-seven years. After a period of free-lance writer travails, following the success of "Kramer vs. Kramer," ...

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